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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Issus coleoptratus

I see these nymphs every year. They are only about 6mm long, like to sit on vertical surfaces and are very evasive of the lens. The tuft of bristles extending backwards from the rear of the abdomen is characteristic.

This one was on the plastic wall of a shed, just next to the ivy-covered garden wall. Getting the lens in very close was extremely difficult and the flash gun on its L-bracket was crunching against the wall. The second flash had to be squeezed up against the lens, hoping some light would get past.

I thought I had artifacts from the processing of highlights in the first image but a close examination showed it to be some white solid matter on the bug. Even at f16, I couldn't get full DOF from above.

Olympus EM-1, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, indicated aperture f16, twin flash, hand-held.


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